She looked down at the ticket in her hand.
The rain beat down, drumming a tattoo on the windows, and she understood why, really, she did.
But he had to understand too.
She wasn’t finished making him understand.
“So, Hong Kong – nice this time of year.”
He nodded, whimpering through the gag – it was crusted with his snot – he must have been having trouble breathing by now.
“Shame it’s monsoon season.”
Panic flitted across his eyes. It wasn’t the same anymore. The great game had changed, what with outsourcing and the lowest common denominator. College kids and tech nerds.
She punched him, unexpectedly, let him drop to the floor.
He struggled again against the ropes that bound him to the chair, but she was listening to the voice in her ear.
“Can’t you hurry it up? It’s pouring out here.” She chanced a look out the window, he was still there, the only homeless man on the street, seemingly muttering to himself in the rain. She wondered where he got the little dog from – but realised that she probably didn’t want to know.
“So. Hong Kong. Why?”
His eyes rolled back in his head, and red froth erupted beneath the gag.
She needed someone else to answer her questions.
Written for this week’s Flash! Friday writing challenge.